Kenneth J. Dormer, PhD
Chair and Professor of Physiology
Department of Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology
Prior to joining LUCOM in April 2013, Dr. Dormer spent 30 years at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City as a professor and researcher.
During that tenure, he co-founded three not-for-profit corporations; two in Africa to promote medical teaching and research and one in Oklahoma City, the Hough Ear Institute. The HEI is a Christian, otologic research, education and humanitarian organization where, along with Dr. Jack Hough, Dormer co-invented a portion of the cochlear implant, the Audiant Bone Conductor and the MAXUM; FDA-approved implantable hearing devices, presently in ~ 200,000 patients.
Additionally he co-founded three for-profit corporations, the most recent being NanoMed Targeting Systems, Inc., where he serves as Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board and coordinates a research team of seven scientists and clinicians. NanoMed is investigating a nanomedicine that is magnetically targeted to a small area (2 cm) on the surface of the heart, delivering a medicine to prevent atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia in the world. Secondarily, NanoMed is investigating magnetic targeting of medicines into diabetic foot infections/ulcers to promote healing and avoid loser limb amputations, most commonly caused by diabetes.
Dr. Dormer was also Oklahoma Inventor of the year in 1987 and was nominated for the Office of National Science Advisor, a cabinet appointment under President George H.W. Bush.
Dr. Dormer has been Faculty Advisor for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), Student Chapter, and Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Student Organization at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) for 18 years. He received the Outstanding Advisor of the Year from OUHSC Student Services in 2012.
His passion to serve underserved people in Christ’s name has been expressed in Africa for 18 years where two of the non-profit organizations sought to aid medical education and research in sub-Saharan African medical schools and where today, he is Adjunct Faculty with the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons, a ministry of CMDA.
He and his wife of 47 years, Karen Dormer, have served together, teaching marriage skills classes, teaching English as second language to international students (English Literacy Mission) and facilitating The Truth Project, a 13 week Christian World View course, for the past 20 years. Together they enjoy camping, distance cycling, fly fishing, and wind surfing.
Recent article featuring Dr. Dormer's research - "Hope for a New Heart Treatment."